Falkirk match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Falkirk
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 15th September 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United return to action when Falkirk are the visitors to Somerset Park. United were left smarting after a heavy defeat away to Queen of the South prior to the international break knocked them off top spot in the league table and will be looking to bounce back against a Falkirk side who prop up the early standings.

The Bairns have started their Championship campaign with four straight defeats – scoring just one goal. Paul Hartley departed the Falkirk Stadium after a Stephen Dobbie hat-trick gave Queen of the South a 3-0 away win and they followed this was a 2-0 loss at Ross County a fortnight ago. New manager Ray McKinnon was in dugout for their Irn-Bru Cup tie against Connah’s Quay Nomads but was unable to guide his new side to a victory, the Welsh side earning a place in the next round.

Team News: Daniel Harvie begins a two match ban. Everyone else is fit and available.

Ian says: “We have used the international break very well. The boys have worked extremely hard and cant wait to get out there tomorrow. Of course our last result was a bad one but when you go back and analyse the game then a couple of hugely important decisions went against us that had a big impact. It is good our next match is at Somerset and of course we want to get back to winning ways. I watched Falkirk last week and we will need to be at our best to get anything tomorrow. Momentum will be huge in this league and we want to get it back as quickly as possible”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 18
Falkirk wins – 25

The Honest Men’s last league win over the Bairns came in March 2012; Andy Geggan scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win at Somerset Park.

Last Meeting:
Falkirk were 4-1 winners in the last time the sides met, at Somerset Park in March 2017. Nathan Austin scored in the 8th and 63rd minute to put the visitors ahead. An immediate response from Gary Harkins gave United hope but Falkirk killed off any chance of a point with two goals in stoppage time from Craig Sibbald and Fraser Aird.


On this Day: In 1976, Ayr defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in the Quarter-FInal, first leg of the Anglo-Scottish Cup.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

Adults – £17
£11.00 – Concessions (OAP, 18-21 year olds & students)
£6.00 – Under 18




  • Away fans

o   West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10

o   Railway End (Terracing) – Turnstiles 2-6

o   Parent and child can go through turnstile 5 together.

  • Home fans

o   Season tickets are valid through ANY turnstile.

o   Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile.  In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate.  They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.

o   Turnstiles 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand.  Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.

o   For Somerset Road Terracing enter through turnstiles 17-21

o   For North Terrace enter through turnstiles 25 and 26


All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations. Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on Unacceptable Conduct. Supporters are advised to remain within the stand and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play. Searches will be carried out at the turnstiles for any controlled containers and pyrotechnics. Under the Sporting Events Act 1985, being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence (see below). Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted. Ayr United would like to thank all supporters for their co-operation and continued backing of the team.



Notice from Police Scotland:

Supporter safety is a key priority for all Clubs, we at Ayr United are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable.  One of the most dangerous things we have to deal with is pyrotechnic articles such as smoke bombs and flares in the stadium and we’d ask that you assist us to look after you by not bringing such articles with you to matches.  These articles can cause severe burns, damage to hearing or breathing difficulties and their use is especially distressing for groups such as small children and those who can’t easily move away when pyrotechnics are activated.  Experience shows that when a pyrotechnic is activated in a crowd there is often a movement away from the immediate area which can cause panic and disorientation and which creates a risk of slips and trips or crushing for those nearby.  Please be in no doubt that these articles are unpleasant and potentially life-threatening to be around – they are also illegal at football matches –  and being caught with them will result in exclusion from Ayr United] as well as a possible criminal conviction.